First there was the security barrier that Israel built along its border with the West Bank. More recently Egypt started building an underground barrier of its own on its border with Gaza to prevent smuggling. And now Israel says it’s building a wall on its border with Egypt.
The New York Times reports:
Thousands of African and other migrants have come to Israel through its porous border with Egypt over the last few years, fleeing conflict back home or searching for a better life in the Jewish state.Here is the story from PRI's "The World:"
Netanyahu said Israel would continue to accept refugees from conflict zones but "we cannot let tens of thousands of illegal workers infiltrate into Israel through the southern border and inundate our country with illegal aliens."
The project will cost 1 billion shekels ($270 million) and take two years to complete. The barrier will not be erected along the whole border, which is 266 km (166 miles) long.
Advanced surveillance equipment will help border control officers to spot infiltrators.
Egyptian security sources in North Sinai said Israel had not informed the Egyptian authorities of its plan.
Israel is also building a controversial barrier in and around the occupied West Bank. It says the razor-tipped fences and towering concrete walls are needed to stop suicide bombers from infiltrating its cities. Palestinians it a land grab because it cuts through the West Bank in places.